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Alanine Aminotransferase vs. Beta Alanine

Discussion in 'The Gut: De Meirleir & Maes; H2S; Leaky Gut' started by Peyt, Jul 1, 2017.

  1. Peyt

    Peyt Senior Member

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    Hi,
    Does anyone know if a person's blood test shows high ALT (Alanine Aminotransferase) on their blood test, is it safe for them to supplement with Beta-Alanine? What is the correlation between Alanine Aminotransferase and Beta Alanine?
    Thank you so much,
    Peyt
     
  2. alicec

    alicec Senior Member

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    There's no connection between the two.

    The amino acids which are incorporated into proteins are alpha amino acids. The enzyme alanine aminotransferase is involved in interconversion of alpha amino acids. See this article.

    Elevations in this enzyme usually indicate some kind of liver problem.

    Beta-alanine, however, is a beta amino acid. It forms part of the structure of carnosine which is used as a buffering system in muscles.

    The difference between an alpha and beta amino acid is in the carbon which the amino group attaches to. Here is an illustration.

    The different position makes a big difference to the chemical properties of the substance.
     
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    Peyt Senior Member

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    Thanks so much
     

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